Introducing I, Of The Storm

Los Angeles, CA – Metalcore act  I, OF THE STORM has released its newest single, the tastefully blended, cyberpunk-influenced track “Cataclysm”. Musically the song is a fantastic blend of ambient tones and heavy-hitting metalcore sensibilities, sure to find appeal across multiple genres.

Lyrically, the song is inspired by real-life situations of overwhelming emotions. Of the track, vocalist Damian Snapp says, “I wrote the lyrics for Cataclysm about the severe abandonment issues and overwhelming emotions that often come from the fallout of toxic and abusive relationships by comparing them to a cataclysmic ending of the world. The lyrics are inspired by real-life situations that other members in the band have gone through in their life and I felt like I could also relate those to my own experiences.”

“Cataclysm” sees Damian Snapp (vocals),  joined by Brandon Beaulieu (Guitar Vocals) and Shota Nishimura of Design The Skyline (Guitar), as well as Connor Mitchener of I Set My Friends On Fire (Bass), and Mario Sanchez (Drums) come together as the heavy genre-bending force of  I, OF THE STORM . Along with the single, the 5-piece is excited to unveil its new music video for “Cataclysm” captured by Zack Perez from Astral Media. “We wanted to create an introductory video for our project that really captured the energy of our music and live performance,” said guitarist and vocalist Brandon Beaulieu. “Zack Perez did an amazing job at capturing that! It was a really fun shoot filled with sick hangs and a lot of Whiteclaws and Mike’s Harder Lemonades! Shout out to our friend Andrew Kappas at Monarch Studios for letting us make a mess, and shoutout to our friends in ScytheGang666 for stopping by and hanging out on set!”

 “Cataclysm” is now available across all major streaming platforms. You can listen to it on Spotify, or watch the video on YouTube below. 

Formed in the winter of 2022, I, OF THE STORM is a 5-piece Metalcore/Cybercore band from Los Angeles, California. Comprised of vocalist Damian Snapp, guitarist Brandon Beaulieu, guitarist Shota Nishimura, bassist Connor Mitchener, and drummer Mario Sanchez, I, OF THE STORM sets out to tastefully blend elements from various genres such as rock, hip-hop, metal, and EDM.

I, OF THE STORM will be announcing upcoming shows following the release of “Cataclysm” throughout 2023.

Damian Snapp: Vocals
Brandon Beaulieu: Guitar / Vocals
Shota Nishimura: Guitar
Connor Mitchener: Bass
Mario Sanchez: Drums


Telling Secrets Back With Latest Single

Telling Secrets mastermind Vik Kovacs is a true global musician. Kovacs is the product of Eastern European blood and a British upbringing. Hailing from Manchester, England, but living in Los Angeles, Kovacs is releasing his brand of Emo tinged modern rock bangers under the name Telling Secrets for the past two years.

In 2021, Kovacs teamed with Rain City Drive vocalist, Matt McAndrew, who guided him to kick start the project. Zack Baker, of Rain City Drive, performed on and mixed the tracks “Secret Lies”, “Casting Stones” and “The Fall” which comprise a visual trilogy. 

Telling Secrets is now back with its latest single, “Fragile”, an injection of high-octane, radio-ready rock, with a memorable hook and soaring vocals. Including some memorable harmony lines. “I remember reading the backing vocals and harmonies in the studio in Los Angeles with Rachel and I asked my friend Matt McAndrew to come down and give some ideas for harmonies,” Says Kovacs. “Before he showed up Rachel and I BURNED through the track. It was a super productive evening. Matt turned up and we were laughing and joking the entire time. When Matt was leaving the joke was “Hey guys if you are ever having a nice, smooth, productive session call Matt to make sure it gets slowed down!”. However, we recorded a really awesome vocal part that was inspired by NSYNC that you can hear just before the first chorus, so it was all worth finishing the session at 4am… again.”

Since arriving in Los Angeles, Kovacs has been recording deep into the early morning hours at Canton House Studios owned by 15-time Grammy Award winning producer Jaycen Joshua with engineer Rachel Blum. In the summer of 2022 Telling Secrets released singles “Bad Dreams” and “Lullaby”, with the final release being “Fragile”.

Thus far, the band has achieved over 100,000 streams across all platforms and plans for a great series of releases for 2023, along with some exciting new people added to the project. Kovacs is also planning to take the band to the United Kingdom and Europe to debut on the other side of the pond in 2023 and is currently working on a full-length album. “Fragile” was produced by Kovacs, engineered by Rachel Blum (assistant engineer to 15-time grammy winning producer Jaycen Joshua), mixed and mastered by Zack Baker (Rain City Drive),  with vocal arrangement and assistance from Matt McAndrew (Rain City Drive).

You can listen to the song on Spotify or YouTube now!

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Fairshake Releases New Alt-Rock Single “Face”

“Today I am so grateful to be alive,” says vocalist Shayne Goss, of the Atlanta alt-rock duo Fairshake. “I’m so grateful for my catalyst showing me how to be there for myself when my world turned upside down, when I felt abandoned, lied to, and suffered this immense loss of identity.” Faishake has released their newest track, the captivating single “Face”. The song is a straight-ahead alt-rock banger, featuring Goss’ world-weary vocals and an anthemic chorus perfect for modern rock radio.

Thematically, “Face” goes deeper than “ Let that sh*t go”. The song was written in victim consciousness, in the realization that often the parties involved also feel like victims. About the song, the band says  “Have you ever heard the saying “Hurt People, Hurt People”? We all have an ego/identity in our mind/body/spirit complex which is a Face of a character we are so convinced that we are because we have been collecting experiences, trauma, likes, dislikes, and judgments on everything that we hear, feel, see. It all gets stored in our subconscious from the time of birth. Then we walk around with beliefs based on our experiences which is a program of this character you think you are. Why are we giving away our power to others’ projections, our own limiting beliefs, and being propelled into each moment based on stored trauma & fear? This only keeps you trapped in your hellish illusion. “

The band also touched on the dual meaning of the word “Face” as used in the song. “It’s the irony of the masks or different characters we wear, that can be changed through our own conscious or subconscious will. “Face” also represents the strength it takes to go inward and slay one’s own dragon, going from victim to hero consciousness because our fear is only our own illusion and our own responsibility. No one can save you from your own dragon.” 

“Face” is a single from Fairshake’s upcoming record, High Risk, and was recorded at Space Jockey Sound by Jeremy Nichols, Charlie Pinkard (writer/guitars for @wearedim) & Ben Cato (percussion for DIM, former The Dangerous Summer). The single artwork was designed by Elijah Richards, graphic designer & bassist of DIM (@elijah_richards)  “Face” is now available across all major streaming platforms. Listen to it on Spotify now or on YouTube below.

About the band: Fairshake; In this moment you are judgment free, and stand in your purest form and Truth. A realization that we are here to heal from experiences and surrender into your highest form. You create your life from here on.

This never-ending journey with Shayne Goss since 2008 has been accompanied by many talented artists who have shared this vibration over the years. Fairshake has experienced genre changes as the project has evolved, especially after inducting Tucker Harding and Chase Sammons in the fall of 2017. 

The project coming from emotionally charged singer-songwriter roots with pop melodies has grown very naturally into the alternative rock, punk, and dare we say “emo” music that we all grew up on and love. 

Fasirshake Is:

Tucker Harding (guitar, vocals)

Shayne Goss (guitar Vocals) 

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San Diego punk band SOME KIND OF NIGHTMARE has released a live version of the song “We Take Form”. The single is taken from the Limited Edition Vinyl Release DCxPC Live Vol. 9 Some Kind of Nightmare Live at Lou’s, released on DCxPC Live Records. The album is limited to 150 copies and is for sale on the DCxPC Live site. The live version of the song captures the raw energy of the band, who are true touring machines.

About the song, the band says “The song embodies the struggle of healing from body dysmorphia and the pain after dealing with breast cancer and the scars inside and out from a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. It’s about trying to learn to accept, embrace, and to be empowered by the scars and continuing to thrive.”

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Introducing Bad Year

Milwaukee – Midwest punk outfit BAD YEAR has just released its latest album FADED MEMORIES on Ohio’s Punkerton Records. The album featured the singles “Charcoal Black” and Oh, Virginia”, and represents experiences of heartbreak, hopelessness, panic, and sorrow, while still offering a glimpse of hope.

About the record, the band says “Faded Memories has been a labor of brotherly love, and the thing we’re most proud of contributing to in our musical career. These songs are all like children to us and are endless fun to perform night after night. It’s amazing to get them out into the world.”

The first single, “Charcoal Black”, kicks off the album with an emotionally heavy, straight ahead anthemic rock track that announces Bad Year as a band on a mission. “The song symbolizes those sleepless nights where you can’t breathe and you feel that all hope is lost; that you will never recover,” explains the band.  “When we feel that all we have to look forward to is more of the same miserable existence. Our emotional decay, our spiritual demise, and the crushing awareness that nothing would ever change were constants in our bereavement. Our hold on life was weak at best, we had little hope and no concept of the life we were missing out on.”

FADED MEMORIES was co-produced by Nick Rad (Coheed & Cambria, Anberlin) with Bad Year, and mixed by Nick Rad and Steven Servi. The album is currently playing across all major streaming platforms. Bad Year has also released a visualizer to accompany “Charcoal Black”, which you can watch on YouTube now.

Rooted in Midwest punk rock, Bad Year formed in 2019 and calls Milwaukee home. Inspired by heartbreak, angst, and self-reformation, Bad Year injects the scene with anthemic chorus hooks and brutal optimism. In the spirit of promoting positive aspects of empathy and mental health, their cathartic melodies are known for freely inspiring listeners with a sense of mutual understanding and hope. The group put a fresh, more decorated feel on musical incarnations and lived experiences of the past.

Bad Year’s groundbreaking debut EP “Handshakes” received immediate acclaim from listeners and an unmediated Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Award nomination while the title track’s music video gained over 100k views within its first month. The trio refrained from allowing a pandemic to slow their upbeat tempo with their one-off single “Blackout”. Keeping the momentum and expanding boundaries of incendiary music composition, “Blackout” was Bad Year’s first production with highly sought-after producer, Nick Rad. Ending 2020 on a high note, “A Moment In Time” EP, was released and creates acoustic landscapes of sound that evoke feelings, energies, and memories.

Bad Year Is:
Mike Esser
Joey Jonas
Jake Wachal

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Introducing Lasciaté

Hershey, Pa – Alt-Metal band Lasciaté has released the video for their newest single, “IED”, their first release since reforming earlier this year. The modern rock radio-ready single combines crunching riffs and slick production with alternating soaring melodic and guttural scream vocals.

About the song, the band says “We wrote this song during the presidential election of 2020, and found that both candidates sucked, news and media outlets suck, and we are all under the thumb of the U.S. government at the mercy of the 1% who controls all of our elections and government policies. Everything that they tell you is a lie. There is no such thing as a lesser of two evils, and through seeing through the bullshit and agreeing to disagree we can turn the tides.”

Directed by Jbaw Productions, and recorded by Jeff McKinnon and Evan Seeberger, the video shows that Lasciaté is here to stay with its original cast; back heavier and better than ever.“IED” will be available across all major streaming platforms on 12/24. Watch the video on YouTube below.

Lasciaté is a melodic metalcore band based out of Hershey, PA formed in the spring of 2016 by Tanis Pellegrini (Vocals), Aaron Perry (Lead Guitar), Robert Greenberg (Bass), and Mark Caruso (Drums) later joined by Sam Hart (Rhythm Guitar). Lasciaté is known for their breakdowns as much as for their catchy choruses and technical guitar work. Lasciaté is an underground metal success story built upon their insatiable work ethic and unique stylings. They have shared the stage with national and international acts August Burns Red, Ice Nine Kills, Suicide Silence, The Black Dahlia Murder, Upon A Burning Body, and I set my friends on fire. Releasing an ep in 2017 and following up with a few singles a year since that, Lasciaté has plans to hit the studio and record another EP in the near future with longtime producer/collaborators Jeff McKinnon and Evan Seeberger.

Lasciaté Is:
Tanis Pellegrini – Vocals, Guitars
Aaron Perry – Lead Guitar
Robert Greenberg – Bass
Mark Caruso – Drums
Sam Hart – Rhythm Guitar

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MESSMAKER Just Released Their Newest Single “Paying Attention”

Cleveland, OH – Alternative Indie Rock duo MESSMAKER has released its newest single, the slickly produced, anthemic modern rock track “Paying Attention”. Lyrically, the song is a call to arms of sorts, all about not shutting yourself off from societal issues, but facing them head-on.

Of the track, MESSMAKER says “ ‘Are you happy with the way things are? Or are you paying attention?’ That’s the question we’re asking with this song. Today, more than any other point in history, the injustices and inequities baked into the human experience are on display. Yet so many people – and we certainly don’t exclude ourselves from this criticism – find it easier to close our doors and try to shut it all out. But things don’t get better if you ignore them. It wasn’t the original intent when writing it, but we realized that this song is kind of directed to that cartoon dog sitting in the middle of the flames saying “this is fine”. We’d love to hear that pup’s thoughts on “Paying Attention”!

“Paying Attention” sees MESSMAKER’s Michael McFarland (lead vocals and guitar), and Freja McNeal (drums, samples, and vocals), joined by Eric Bertagnolli of Eric Bert Audio (Percussion, Co-Producer, Mixing & Mastering Engineer) and Steven Charles (Co-Writer). The duo is planning a music video for the song out soon.

“Paying Attention” is now available across all major streaming platforms. MESSMAKER has also released a lyric visualizer to go along with the single, which you can watch below. 

Aggressively catchy melodies pair with soul-filled lyrics in MESSMAKER’s refreshing take on indie rock. Lighting up stages as a power duo, musical architect Michael McFarland and versatile percussionist Freja McNeal bring the energy of an arena show to every performance. Garnering comparisons to acts such as Panic At the Disco and Bastille, McFarland’s songwriting is frank, expressive, and clever, and joined by McNeal the Cleveland, Ohio-based act elevates the material on stage with a seemingly inexhaustible energy. Showing a maturity of style and sound that has developed through years of travel, relationships, heartbreaks, and reinventions, MESSMAKER’s music contains talent, passion, and lyrics that come from the heart. The result? A big, bright, and lovestruck slice of anthemic indie rock.

Michael’s amiable yet commanding presence on stage arose from years of experience paired with diligent study. He began performing with bands at age 14, accumulating ample experience under stage lights while still a teenager. Later, while pursuing his degree in Visual Communication at Kent State University, McFarland spent countless hours studying performance footage from any source he could find, from classic rock acts to modern pop stars. When it comes to songwriting, McFarland shows the same attention to his craft, which in 2022 earned him the Nashville Songwriters Association’s recognition as “One to Watch”. “I listen to a lot of music I don’t necessarily like,” says McFarland, “because I want to understand why the songs connect with their audience.”

A lifetime of attentiveness and continued learning has taught McFarland how to use MESSMAKER’s lyrics to tug at your emotions and leave you feeling like you’ve found a kindred spirit. When joined by Freja on drums, samples, and backing vocals, those songs expand effortlessly to fill concert halls. Whether you see MESSMAKER perform in a basement or a stadium, you can expect the lights, sounds, and raw energy of a world-class rock show.

MESSMAKER will be celebrating the release of “Paying Attention” on December 16 at the Five O’Clock Lounge in Lakewood, Ohio, alongside a stellar lineup including Darling Waste, Anthony Covatta, The Muckrakers, Lives Lost, and Black Moon Cult.

Michael McFarland: Lead Vocals, Guitar, Producer
Freja McNeal: Drums, Samples, Backing Vocals


Affiant Records Signs Worldwide Distribution Deal with FUGA

Texas-based independent record label Affiant Records has just announced signing a global distribution deal with FUGA, the leading technology, and services company for rightsholders. FUGA is the distributor to other major independent labels such as Epitaph Records and Better Noise Music. Affiant Records will greatly broaden its worldwide footprint in the music industry stemming from this alliance with FUGA.

Affiant Records, an independent label focused on artist development, was founded by entertainment attorney William J. Metzger, whose experience representing clients in the music industry has led him to find a passion for releasing music and media that is powerful and purposeful. Releasing rock and all subgenres of rock, the label is continually growing its roster with new signings and releases planned for 2023.

When asked about the new partnership, William J. Metzger said, “We are excited to be partnering with FUGA. FUGA’s stellar reputation with DSPs and hands-on worldwide marketing team will bring our current and future artists’ careers to new heights. Their team has been warm, welcoming, and exceptional. We are looking forward to a bright future with FUGA.”

About Affiant Records, LLC

Affiant Records provides powerful and purposeful entertainment through music, film, and
media to our audience around the globe to emotionally affect and bring about a positive
change to the world through our entertainment.

Affiant Records operates global marketing and distribution for talented and accomplished artists, bands, and musicians while also providing guidance, mentorship, and artist development, through their team’s musical and music industry expertise.

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About FUGA

FUGA is the largest full-service B2B music distributor in the world. Mixing deep marketing prowess with continual investment in leading technologies, FUGA’s clients – from Armada, Better Noise, and Curb to Mom + Pop, Epitaph, and Ninja Tune – get equal access to its all-encompassing services.

FUGA is one of the very few distributors to sit on the highest preferred partner tiers for Spotify, Apple, and all other major DSPs. After its acquisition by Downtown Music Holdings in 2020, FUGA has joined Downtown Neighbouring Rights, Downtown Music Publishing, and Downtown Music Services in the newly established Downtown Music division led by President, Pieter van Rijn.

FUGA’s global marketing team operates across 17 countries and its partners deliver over a quarter of the world’s new releases. Together with marketing and distribution, FUGA’s holistic product and services suite – including analytics, royalty accounting, neighboring rights, rights management, and white label services – empower over 800 music rights holders globally.  

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Eugenia Post Meridiem drop sophomore album ‘like i need a tension’

Introducing Italian Indie outfit Eugenia Post Meridiem and their sophomore album ‘like i need a tension’.

Completed over a span of two years plus a two week post-lockdown writing and recording stint, it was then that like i need a tension truly came to life in a small converted barn near the village of Montaldo Bormida, in northern Italy. “It was a totally collaborative process… All the composing was done together, right there in the room.” and thus, like i need a tension was born.

With purpose and intention studded throughout, like i need a tension is as poetic and reflective as it is meditative and utterly transcendent.

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BIRCHES close 2022 with uplifting new single ‘Be Unknown’ 

Introducing emo-indie band BIRCHES and their energetic new single ‘Be Unknown’.

Recorded at ‘Start Together Studios’ in Belfast, ‘Be Unknown’ represents a noticeable step up in sound quality whilst remaining true to that passionate, edgy DIY sound that gives BIRCHES such heart and soul. With nods to Orla Gartland or early Foals, ‘Be Unknown’ embodies the polished feel of a Girl in Red or a Phoebe Bridgers track yet still stands as its own unique entity. 

Comprising of Liam Mcalinden (Guitar and Lead Vocals), Frankie McIlvanna (Lead Guitar), Jordie Kelly (Bass and Backing Vocals) and Delaney O’Neill (Drums), BIRCHES have firmly planted their roots and are ready for a new age, armed with an arsenal of tunes just waiting to be unleashed, it all begins with ‘Be Unknown’.

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